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Immediately following Great Small Works’ 10th International Toy Theater Festival in Brooklyn, New York, Great Small Works and friends will present two evening performances at Puppet Showplace Theatre. Facto Teatro from Mexico City, Barbara Steinitz and Björn Kollin from Berlin, and Great Small Works from New York City will share the program, with a separate show from each company. Audiences can also enjoy a collection of historic toy theatres on display.
Facto Teatro: Don Chico Con Alas (Don Chico with Wings)
Based on a story by the Mexican writer Eraclio Zepeda, Facto Teatro’s Don Chico lives in the mountains of Chiapas, Mexico. To go from one village to another he must come down the mountain, cross the jungle, then the river and up the opposite hill. He decides he needs to fly and builds a pair of wings, to reach the sky before national holidays. A story of ingenuity, creativity, surrealism and human adventure, which tells us that, for some, the sky is the limit. Created and performed by Alejandro Benítez, Mauricio Martínez and Antonio Cerezo.
Barbara Steinitz and Björn Kollin: Schnurzpiepegal (Like Master, Like Dog)
A picture book written and illustrated by Ms. Steinitz is brought to life, performed out of a suitcase, with live music created and played on an array of instruments by Mr. Kollin.
While walking through the city, one can see that all dogs look like their owners. But there are some exceptions: Leonora loves operas more than anything and shares a happy life with her dog Fidelio, who doesn’t look like her at all. Two blocks from their home lives another odd couple, Joshua and his dog Pistachia, who share a passion for home made chocolates. In the street people wrinkle their noses and laugh about Leonora and Joshua who don’t match with their dogs at all. A humorous love story about outsiders who overcome their loneliness and people’s prejudices by accepting themselves.
Great Small Works: Living Newspaper
Boston-based company members John Bell and Trudi Cohen created this show in response to the death of Trayvon Martin in spring of 2012. Using Great Small Works’ signature technique of excerpted texts and images from the daily news, this play looks at the issue of gun violence in the United States, which has become increasingly urgent.